Cooperative Learning in Multicultural Societies: Critical Reflections

Venue: Torino

Location: Torino, Italy

Event Date/Time: Jan 19, 2008 End Date/Time: Jan 22, 2008
Registration Date: Jan 19, 2008
Early Registration Date: Oct 01, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 20, 2007
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The conference hosts are the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE), the University of Torino and Centro Servizi Didattici; Teaching Services Centre (CESEDI).
This collaboration is in response to the critical need to promote communication and cooperation in today's diverse learning communities. The conference offers concerned educators a venue to explore formal and informal educational means for the development of successful cooperation in intercultural education.

At the conference you will be able to share your resources and expertise and interact with educators who are dealing with the increasing diversity of the ethnic and cultural composition of classrooms. There will be many opportunities - lectures, workshops, symposia and informal interaction – to exchange ideas about theory and practice for enhancing cooperation in intercultural classrooms and societies, as well as learn new methodologies and skills. The conference aims to engage educators in discussion about ways to:

increase students' meaningful, active participation in learning;
develop teachers' and students' positive attitudes towards and acceptance of diversity;
ensure equal access to knowledge for all students;
manage diversity in a learning community
encourage learners' sense of belonging to groups, without the loss of individuality;
enable learners to contribute their diverse interests, experiences and knowledge to the
learning experience;
and refine research design in cooperative learning and intercultural education.

The conference strands will be:
Building Cooperation and Resolving Conflict in Schools and Communities with Diverse Populations
Cooperative Learning in In-Service and Pre-Service Teacher Education
Using Cooperative Learning for Intercultural Education, Social Justice and Equity.
High Quality Implementation of Cooperative Learning
Cooperative Learning in Higher Education
Promoting Intercultural Dialogue Through Technology

The language of the conference will be English, with several bilingual workshops in Italian and English.



Additional Information

Conference Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, January 19th and 20th, 2008 Two pre-conference days will include half day experiential workshops on the conference themes by leaders in the field. Learn new skills and consider novel points of view. Learn how to apply workshop contents to your respective content areas and grade levels. Monday and Tuesday, January 21st and 22nd, 2008 Two days of stimulating and interactive keynote presentations, plenary sessions, symposia, and informal interactions. For information about submitting a proposal or for registration information, please visit: or